Something to Talk about: Integrating Content and Language Teaching and Learning

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Wednesday 15 May

TRACK 3:
P R E S E N T A T I O N
Something to Talk about: Integrating Content and Language Teaching and Learning,
Ms. Elisabeth Wielander, Aston University, The United Kingdom
Place: Room F306

Time: 11.15 – 12.00
Description: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is a bilingual approach which has been found to foster not just MFL skills but critical and higher-order thinking, problem-solving and other transferable skills and to increase self-confidence and resilience. Across Europe, L2 (mainly English) as medium of instruction is quite common, but it is rare in British Higher Education and generally features in MFL undergraduate programmes where content modules are taught through the medium of the L2 to maximise exposure to the foreign language. In this presentation, I will first give an overview of the current UK MFL landscape, followed by an overview of CLIL in German undergraduate programmes nationwide. Then, I will present the findings of a mixed-method case study of one UK universitys CLIL approach in its German programmes, focussing on student and staff experiences and the parameters characterising this particular educational setting, showcasing examples of CLIL in practice.